Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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Patience, Waiting, And Growing Pains

How long are you willing to wait for something ? Patience is a big deal with God, it is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Patience goes with a lot of things, you can be patient waiting for things, you can be patient with people, you can be patient in a task. There are so many things in our day to day lives that require patience. Patience goes with the other fruits of the Spirit for example love, in order to love people and sometimes in order to be kind to them we have to be patient especially in a situation when they are being difficult. The thing about God is, usually when He asks us to do something it’s something we really don’t feel like doing, it’s usually the hard thing to do like being patient. But when God asks us to do something it’s because He wants us to grow in that area of our lives, He wants to teach us something, and He wants to help someone else as well. Growing in God is like physically growing in life.

Remember growing pains ? When you were getting taller and your legs hurt really bad, but in the end when you were done growing you were much taller then you had been before and it literally shaped you as a person. There is also Spiritual growth that God wants to take place, and as He empties us of ourselves and starts to reshape us sometimes it hurts, but when He is done we are better then we were in the beginning. Another way to describe it is like a splinter. The splinter represents ou human nature, it gets in our way constantly and it doesn’t belong there. When getting it out sometimes it hurts alot, but once it’s out you can start to heal. So going back to patience, it is something that we have to pray and ask God to help us with. It is a fruit of the Spirit, so it is of God and in order to be patient we need God’s help. Getting the impatience out will be difficult and you will probably fall short a few times, but God will get you through it and when He does it will be better for you.

The last thing I want to say is that you need patience in prayer. There are many times in the Bible that people prayed and it says that they prayed until God gave them the answer and usually that answer didn’t come for aa while. God’s timing is not our own and He wants us to have patience in prayer as well. But remember: anything that God asks you to wait for is always worth it.

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